Frieze London: Art Fair Preview, Schedule and News Summary, October 11th-14th, 2012

October 8th, 2012

Image: Frieze London Courtesy Frieze

Exhibitors are gearing up for the tenth edition of Frieze London, which takes place in London’s Regent’s Park from October 11–14th. The fair kicks off with a vernissage on the evening of Wednesday, October 10th, once again housed in a temporary structure designed by architects Carmody Groarke.

Although mostly composed of UK and US galleries (almost exclusively from London and New York) account for 45% of the main fair, fair organizers are broadening the scope this year, with new sections and exhibitors from 35 countries, making it the most international event to date organized by Frieze.

Image: Mona HatoumKAPANCIK, 2012 Courtesy White Cube Gallery

Image: Rodney Graham, Canadian Humorist, 2012 Courtesy Lisson Gallery

Image: Josh Kline, Creative Hands Courtesy Canal 47

The Frame section of the fair is dedicated to galleries under six years old, showing solo artist presentations. The selection of the 25 Frame galleries was advised by curators Rodrigo Moura and Tim Saltarelli.

Image: Dan Flavin, untitled (to Donna) 6, 1971, Courtesy David Zwirner Gallery

As in the past, there are many events surrounding the fair itself, such as The Stand Prize, an award of £10,000 which will be granted to the most innovative gallery stand at the fair. International curators and critics will select the winning stand; among the jurors is Doryun Chong, Associate Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, MoMA. The prize will be awarded at 4 p.m. at the fair on Wednesday, October 10th.

Image: Ross KnightForm of Togetherness 2012 Courtesy Team Gallery

Frieze Talks will host Brian O’Doherty, Tino Sehgal, Sturtevant, Lynne Tillman, Marina Warner and John Waters as part of the line-up of international artists, filmmakers, curators and cultural commentators. Cecily Brown will speak with Nicholas Penny; Luc Tuymans with Dominique de Font-Réaulx; Glenn Brown with Bice Curiger.


Image: Jörg Herold, Einsamkeit, (solo presentation), Courtesy Eigen+Art


Image: Frieze Sculpture Park Courtesy Frieze

Clare Lilley has curated the Sculpture Park. The large-scale presentation of sculpture is the largest-ever presentation of outdoor sculpture at Frieze London. Lilley’s selection features work by both established and emerging artists, with work on view by Damián Ortega, Yayoi Kusama, Michael Landy, Anri Sala, Thomas Scheibitz and many others. The Sculpture Park at Frieze London is open free to the public.

Image: Marilyn Minter, Blue Streak, Courtesy Salon 94 Gallery

This year, a new section for London called Focus is open to galleries established after 2001. Galleries in this section may exhibit up to three artists in their booth. Focus was first introduced at Frieze New York, which took place 4–7 May 2012 in Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan.

Frieze Projects is being curated by Sarah McCrory and displays five commissioned site-specific works. Ms. McCrory is also curating Frieze Film, which will show the commissioned work of Bertrand Dezoteux, Patricia Esquivias, Jimmy Merris, John Smith and Wu Tsang & Nana Oforiatta-Ayim.

Image: Nicolas PoussinTriumph of David (detail), 1628-1631, Courtesy Dulwich Picture Gallery

Another new, concurrent but separate fair is Frieze Masters, at Gloucester Green in London’s Regent’s Park, which will afford a contemporary perspective on historical art. With an ambitious presentation, it will exhibit art ranging from the ancient era and old masters through to art of the 20th century. Blue-chips like Acquavella, Gagosian, Zwirner and Pace will be exhibiting, among others. Frieze Masters is designed by Selldorf Architects who have created a contemporary, elegant environment where ancient and modern art can be shown side by side. High ceilings, natural light, tall silver birch trees and park benches in the public squares and walkways will give visitors the sense of being in a park setting.

Image: Lucian Freud, The Painter’s Mother 1972, Courtesy Pilar Ordovas

Matthew Slotover, Frieze’s co-founder, tells The Guardian that “There was a feeling in the late 1990s and early 2000s that we need to be younger, more international looking. In the 1980s and early 90s, people aspired to houses that looked like mini-stately homes, with swagged curtains and antiques.” But, he adds: “Now both that 1980s look and the austere, minimalist look seem a little backward-looking.”

Other gallery events surrounding Frieze include BAD FOR YOU, a show of 67 contemporary U.S. artists, curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody at Shizaru in Mayfair, the Anish Kapoor show at the Lisson Gallery, Luc Tuymans at Zwirner, Rothko/Sugimoto at Pace and Blain Southern’s new Hanover Square gallery showing Tim Noble & Sue Webster. The Sunday fair will take place during the week as well.


Image: Richard Avedon, Bubba Morrison, oil field worker, Albany, Texas, June 10, 1979, 1979, Courtesy Gagosian Gallery


Image: Acquavella Galleries will exhibit a 1978 James Rosenquist painting, The Facet, for $2.5 million.


Image: Luis Camnitzer, Living Room, 1968, (solo exhibition at Frieze Masters), Courtesy Parra & Romero


Image: Shirazeh Houshiary, Fray, 2012, Courtesy Lehmann Maupin Gallery

Thursday October 11th:
1.30pm: Kasper König (Director, Museum Ludwig, Cologne) in conversation with Jochen Volz (Head of Programmes, Serpentine Gallery and Contributing Editor, frieze, London)
5pm: ‘Strolling with the Zeitgeist: Five Decades’ – Brian O’Doherty (Artist,
Critic and Novelist, New York and Todi, Italy)

Friday October 12th:
1.30pm: ‘Deeply Superficial’ – Lauren Cornell (Writer and Curator, New York); Oliver Laric (Artist, Berlin); Martin Westwood (Artist, London). Chair: Isobel Harbison (Curator and Writer, London)
5pm: Lynne Tillman (Critic and Novelist, New York)

Saturday October 13th:
1.30pm: ‘Being Difficult: a panel on Refusal and Responsibility’ – Hassan Khan (Artist, Cairo); Akram Zaatari (Artist, Beirut); Vasıf Kortun (Director of Research and Programs, SALT, Istanbul).
Chair: Kaelen Wilson-Goldie (Writer, Beirut)
5pm: Sturtevant (Artist, Paris) in conversation with John Waters (Film
Director and Artist, Baltimore)

Sunday October 14th:
1.30pm: ‘Attention! Criticism and its Distractions’ – Orit Gat (Writer, Editor and Translator, Brooklyn); Alex Provan (Writer and Editor, Triple Canopy, New York); Marina Warner (Writer, Novelist and Critic, London).
Chair: Brian Dillon (Writer and UK Editor, Cabinet, London)
4pm: Tino Sehgal (Artist, Berlin) in conversation with Jörg Heiser (CoEditor, frieze, Berlin)Frieze Art Fair Press Release, Page 4 of 4

Public opening dates and hours:
Frieze London 2012 – Information
Wednesday October 10th: Preview by invitation only
Thursday October 11th: 12-7pm
Friday October 12th: 12-7pm
Saturday October 13th: 12-7pm
Sunday Ocotber 14th: 12-6pm

Frieze is sponsored by Deutsche Bank.

-V. Artzimovich

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